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Pacific Fair’s Heart Warmers

Our Pacific Fair team have picked out a few heart-warming reads for you to snuggle up with!

Including one for your furry best friend!

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Schaffer and Annie Barrows:

This is a warm, funny, tender and thoroughly entertaining story, that actually has you experiencing every emotion. It affirms that the power of books do indeed nourish our minds and proves that reading brings people together. I absolutely loved this book and highly recommend it. 5 stars. - Jo

Heart Thoughts: A Treasury of Inner Wisdom by Louise L Hay:

This uplifting book "heart thoughts" by Louise L Hay, is such an inspiring beauitful medicine with little quotes and messages."Make this your new motto: I go for the joy! Life is here for me to enjoy today!". When the storms roll into our lives we need some sunshine. This book definitely can relate to us all and open our hearts to small things we forget in this everyday life. 5 stars.- Ane

What Dogs Want by Arden Moore:

What Dogs Want by Arden Moore
An interesting and sometimes funny look into your fur babies mind, along with some great photos it also has information from vets who give you some insight into what is going on in there heads and bodies. The section on how to respond is great and easy to follow, if only children came with the same information book. 4.5 stars - Karen

Lang Leav's Poetry:

Lang Leav writes poetry that will stay with you forever. She mixes in beautiful language with unique illustrations to create a masterpiece. About love, life and everything in the universe, there's bound to be a Lang Leav poem for everyone. All of her poetry collections offer something different so you'll never get bored. Highly recommended for fans of Insta-poets like Rupi Kaur and Beau Taplin. 4.5 stars - Annie

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Check Out Charlestown’s Latest Reads!

Check out all the great books our Charlestown team have been reading!

A Dogs Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron:

This book is about 'mans best friend' but with a is told entirely through the dogs eyes.
The best part though is the fact that throughout the book the dog gets reincarnated a few times and as the reader you get to experience what life is like for a dog in a number of circumstances and how these may play a part in the dogs experiences in life. I will admit...I did cry (a couple of times.)
Your heart strings will be pulled (tugged hard in some places.) We’ve all had a best friend who identified in the canine or feline persuasion so we can all relate to what the book is trying to say, whilst giving us a new angle of the story to consider. A fascinating read for all animal lovers and an ode to the most humble, reliable and dedicated member of our families. -Belinda

The Hotel on Place Vendôme by Tilar J. Mazzeo:

Mazzeo’s unique mixture of gossipy non-fiction with historical research is more for the historically interested than the historian. Painting a picture of intrigue and scandal surrounding the guests and patrons of the Hotel Ritz in Paris during the era of Nazi occupied France, The Hotel on Place Vendôme reads more like a soap opera than a history book. From Coco Chanel’s jewel encrusted gas mask being carried by her servants on a satin cushion, to the assassination of Hitler being planned across the bar, images of espionage and opulence drive the rich and captivating story of The Hotel on Place Vendôme. -Jack

The Road by Cormac McCarthy:

The intense apocalyptic story line combined with McCarthy unique writing style creates the most unpredictable and well written novels I’ve ever read. It’s quite a sophisticated text about a father and son taking on a troubled new world, together. This text is 5 star quality with lots of hidden meaning, I would highly recommend to mature readers! -Carter

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas:

The deadly Celaena Sardothien is offered a chance to win back her freedom on one condition: she must compete to become the King's champion.
But what other evil does she stumble across in the King's castle? Get lost in a world of fantasy extravaganza full of love, action and betrayal. - Alyssa

The Emperor of the Eight Islands by Lian Hearn:

The tale of a son left orphaned, with a murderous uncle intent on taking the family land. Boy turned warrior, turned sorcerer, Shikanoko grows through his own skills and societal traditions to become one of the most powerful men in the nation. In a search for the missing child emperor, Shikanoko becomes the centre piece to a host of people lives and they will all meet their end unless Shikanoko can find the emperor and return him to the Lotus Throne.
Prequel to the Tales of the Otari series, the Tales of Shikanoko is a twisting novel that portrays the folklore of Feudal Japan, as well as a compelling narrative that will have you on the edge of your seat. -Daniel

Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis:

This extremely honest memoir is an essential read for Red Hot Chili Peppers fans. Kiedis explores his failures and successes in this no holds barred retelling of his life. Kiedis has had an adventurous life, from overdosing on heroin to meeting the Dalai Lama. -Remy

Noose by Xavier Duff:

A very interesting read on a part of Australia’s history that is not often talked about. Featuring about a dozen different stories of those who were sentenced to the gallows and how they got there, the author also challenges whether all of these people were actually guilty of their crimes and did they actually deserve to hang? Ranging from the first man hanged in 1788 to the last in 1967 this book gives a great overview of capital punishment and how it largely controversial yet had not power in deterring those from committing their crimes. - Amorette

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QBD Belconnen’s Favourite Ladies

Today our Belconnen team introduce us to some of their favourite ladies... lady authors that is!
From classic fiction to true crime add these great female authors to your shelves today!

Monstress by Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda:

Monstress is about disembodied heads, magic, horror, and of course, monsters. Set during a cease fire between humans and Arcanics, a race of Magic users, this book has some really amazing women. In a society where women are in charge, it follows a Arcanic woman, Maika Halfwolf, as she tries to find out about her mother. The story explores the inhumanities of war, and the crimes that are committed by the winners. I really loved this book, the art is really beautiful and pleasing to the eye.
All the characters are fully formed beings, you can feel their history and strength. Plus there's an adorable kitty that I love. - Laurence

Small Spaces by Sarah Epstein:

This is one of the best thrillers I've read in a long time. Sarah Epstein crafted such an amazing debut book that I read it all in one sitting, desperate to get to the end of the book and thankful that I didn't have to work the next morning.
The story centres around Tash, and a case of a missing girl from 10 years before. The girl, Mallory, was found safe after 6 days, but what happened to her? Why does Tash feel like she has a key to unlock Mallory's trauma? Are they connected somehow, like kindred spirits? Why don't the people closest to Tash believe that she knows something?
This book is a fantastic example of an unreliable narrator, and if you follow it, you can see why. It made me question my memory of small events as a child, looking through it with the eyes of an adult. Bonus points for this being the first thriller I've read in a long time that doesn't victimise women or children. - Karina

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein:

'Code Name Verity' drew me in with promises of strong female characters and it delivered! As someone who is not a huge fan of historical fiction, this book really surprised me with how engaging the story was and how real the characters felt. I finished this book in 3 days and as I am a really slow reader but once you get into it you can't put this book down. There were many plot twists that I did not see coming and just as I thought I knew what was going to happen, Wein would throw a curve ball again.
This is a book about two young British women who are undertaking a secret mission in German occupied France in 1943. It begins with one of them writing a confession for the Gestapo after they were captured. For the first few chapters of the book very little information is given but as you continue reading you realise that everything is part of a bigger more intricate picture. The book switches between both the main characters being the narrators, and the reader is able to slowly piece together what happened. You gain and lose hope with the characters as they try to complete the mission and plan an escape. You never really know what's going to happen until the last page. - Rina

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy:

The God of Small Things is a multi-generational family drama, that explores those often fleeting moments that end up shaping our lives. The world that Arundhati Roy creates for the reader is an immense achievement not just for its scope but for the incredible level of detail with which she litters it. A rich and complex novel, The God of Small Things is a rewarding read sure to stay with you long after you’ve put it down. - Lachlan

Joe Cinque's Consolation by Helen Garner:

Helen Garner recounts that terrible crime committed by Anu Singh, when she kills her boyfriend, Joe Cinque. The book is full of court transcripts and interviews with those close to the people in the case, as well as Garner's outrage at the justice system and criminal sentencing. - Jess
3.5 stars

The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule:

Ann Rule's 'The Stranger Beside Me' tells the chilling tale of serial killer Ted Bundy. Rule herself, a former police officer and suicide hotline worker (where she met Bundy), recounts the events of Bundy's rampage, and her personal connection to him. “You just can't see the mask of a killer if they're right beside you.” Rule's first hand account of her friendship with one of the most prolific serial killers, her realisation of who he really was and even copies of letters Bundy had sent her from jail makes her tale a terrifying and eye opening recount of the events between 1975 to 1978. - Stella

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen:

Crackling with humour and personality, Pride & Prejudice is often considered one of the best novels ever written - and fair enough too! Sporting a straightforward (yet ever influential) narrative injected with a relatable protagonist, the supporting characters and situations that Elizabeth Bennett finds herself in provide just enough ridiculousness to elevate Pride & Prejudice well above the countless soap-opera-romances that have tried to ape it. Austen’s writing has survived the test of time and will continue to do so in this hilarious and classic novel. - Mitchell

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Spotlight on Tweed Heads

Our Tweed Heads team love a good read! Chekc out what they've been wrapping their hands around lately:

Caraval by Stephanie Garber:

Eons ago, when I finished reading the Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, I thought nothing could ever compare... until I picked up Caraval. Every bit as enchanting, with an added splash of romance; the magic, mystery and adventure leaps off of the page in such vivid detail that you almost feel you're there, participating in the week long travelling show that never visits the same location twice. Run by the elusive Legend, Caraval is a twisted, elaborate performance that will have you gaping in wonder, tug at your heart and leave you breathless in anticipation with every turn of the page. - Karen

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris:

Never before have I read such a captivating and profound story. This tale of the Tattooist of Auschwitz is such an extraordinary story of how inner strength, endurance and the will to survive can conquer the darkest and deepest well of inhumanity. Heather Morris has managed to convey this true story with such a unique depth into what Lale and Gita witnessed and endured, and the love that developed between them in such a horrendous environment. The atrocities committed against these people where all were punished with an equal lack of mercy, leaves the reader with a deep sense of the cruel and insidious nature of a very dark time in our history. Written so vividly, this story had me spell bound as I navigated the lives of the prisoners and their struggles. It is difficult to fathom the true extent of the horrors that the survivors of the Holocaust had to endure. Morris has crafted an astoundingly unforgettable story of strength, hope, love and endurance. - Sheridan

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan:

Beautifully written in a noir thriller style, Jennifer Egan’s 5th novel Manhattan Beach is a engrossing read. Set against the waterfront of Brooklyn spanning from the Great Depression through to the War years. The stories of 12 year old Irish Anna Kerrigan as she grows to womanhood, her father Eddie and His ‘employer’ Dexter Styles interweave. Quintessential daddy’s girl Anna searches for answers after he disappears. Drawing her and the reader into a world of organised crime where we witness the changing identities of women and men, and the relationships of father and daughter, and the flawed men that become good men. - Raychel

Game, Set, Cash by Brad Hutchins:

An extraordinary account of one mans journey across the globe to discover the unknown world of tennis trading. Mr Hutchins retells the tales of he and his buddies late night to early morning shenanigans in more countries than one can dream of. He allows his audience to gain a visual aspect of destinations he finds himself in and gives insight on some of the most recognised sportsman in history. Whether or not you are a fan of tennis I assure you; you will enjoy this insightful, often-hilarious memoir of this cheeky, mischievous man's journey. It will leave you wanting to find that dream job that will provide you with the opportunity to jet set across this planet we call home to unravel the many diverse ways of living. - Ashley

Simon vs. the Homosapien Agenda by Becky Albertalli:

Being a teenager is hard. Feeling like you have a secret that you can’t tell anyone is harder. Combine the two and you might understand how Simon feels. Simon is gay, and he’s trying to understand and define his own identity while also navigating his family, his friends, and his new-found email crush. The way in which this book is written is so truthful that you can’t help but fall in love with every character presented. Becky Albertalli’s exploration of the relationships with those around you and your relationship with yourself is so true to the high school experience that any teenager would be able to find an aspect of themselves within the characters. Challenge yourself to read the book before the film (Love, Simon) is released in March; I promise you will not be disappointed. - Bridie

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green:

Written in his usual quirky style Green once again successfully climbs inside the teenage mind in his long awaited return to writing. Revolving around character Aza Turtles All The Way Down is a story about friendship, a conman on the run, first love, and the crippling weight of mental illness. Heart warming yet equally heart wrenching fans won’t be disappointed. Once you pick up Turtles you won’t put it back down! - Emma

Spotlight on QBD Liverpool

From spine-chilling thrillers to action-packed biographies our Liverpoool team have some great reading suggestions for you this week!

It by Stephen King:

You want scary? Pennywise is here and he'll scare the be-Jesus out of you every other page. Pennywise made an entire generation scared of clowns when the film came out, kinda topical now that all these assholes are roaming the streets in clown outfits. Suffice to say I'm extra scared to go for a walk! - James


Everless by Sara Holland:

Imagine a world where time is money, drawn from the blood in your very veins. Holland brings originality to YA Fantasy with a new world and a quiet mystery that keeps on expanding and adding ever more questions. One of my favourite reads so far this year, so dig into a feast of plot-twists with this stunning and unique story! 4 out of 5 stars. - Samantha

1984 by George Orwell:

1984 is a horrifying yet captivating imagining of the future that was once yet to come, but is now here, albeit unrealised by the masses. Orwell's portrayal of a dystopic future, in such a distant past, leads us to the appreciation of things that we once took for granted, like the privacy that is so oft disregarded today. Despite its horrifying depiction of the future, 1984 is an amazing novel, and a must read. - Dimitri

I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons by Kevin Hart:

I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons is the story of superstar comedian and actor Kevin Hart. Born in North Philadephia, Hart takes you through his inspirational journey from humble beginnings to becoming the comedic rockstar that he is today.
From selling shoes in a retail store to selling out stadiums on tour, Hart shares everything including the good, the bad, and the downright hilarious. More than just a memoir, I Can't Make This Up is filled with life lessons and motivational quips that we can all learn from. A must-read for fans of Kevin Hart!
"Your dream is a huge boulder. It takes a lot of effort to get it moving. But if you can budge it just a few inches in the right terrain, then it starts picking up speed all by itself.” - Daniel

No Front Line by Chris Masters:

The soldiers of the SAS, the Commandos and Special Operations Engineer Regiment are Australia's most highly trained soldiers. Their work is often secret, their bravery undeniable and for thirteen years they were at the forefront of Australia's longest war. Shunning acclaim, they are the Australian Defence Forces' brightest and best skilled.
In an extraordinary investigation undertaken over ten years, Chris Masters opens up the heart of Australia's Special Forces and their war in Afghanistan. He gives voice to the soldiers, he takes us to the centre of some of the fiercest combat Australia has ever experienced and provides the most intimate examination of what it is like to be a member of this country's elite fighting forces. But he also asks difficult questions that reveal controversial clouds hanging over our Special Operations mission in Afghanistan. - Phil

Blood Song by Anthony Ryan:

In this enthralling piece, we follow Vaelin in his sacrifices, victories and hardships as he's thrown into a world of violence and discipline. Training as an elite warrior, he becomes part of a brotherhood that is inseperable and endevours into revelations and horrors that will change him and his brohters forvever. This is a book that grasps the reader from the start and keeps us hooked until the last word, leaving us all wanting more. 5 stars! - Maddie

Eragon by Christopher Paolini:

Eragon is one of the greatest novels I've ever read. It tells the tale of Eragon, a farm-boy turned dragon rider, and the reluctant leader of the rebellion against King Galbatorix, dictator of Alagaesia. The level of depth to which Paolini builds the world of Alagaesia, and the connection that you feel with the characters by the end of the first novel, is something that is completely amazing. This is the greatest novel of my childhood, and a must read for any fantasy lovers. - Helen